Monday, August 15, 2011

Prescient Burgess's Nightmare Comes To Pass

As I observed here, the rioting in the U.K. brings to mind Anthony Burgess's A Clockwork Orange. Someone writing in the Financial Times thinks so, too:
But following a week in which buildings and communities burnt the colour of A Clockwork Orange, this year’s prize for late literary prophet clearly belongs to author Anthony Burgess. With its depiction of a lawless Britain, where the police command neither confidence nor deference and residents live in fear of feral youth empowered by their own vernacular, the parallels in Burgess’s novel are instructive.
Think I'll have to get it out for a re-read.

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